Explosive Chris Gayle eyes Test return

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(CMC) Twenty20 superstar opener Chris Gayle says he is in talks with the West Indies Cricket Board for a possible return to Test cricket.

The 36-year-old left-hander has played 103 Tests in a stellar career, but has not suited up in the longest format in exactly two years.

“It’s a possibility [I could return]. We are in talks, so we’ll see what happens,” media report here quoted Gayle as saying.

Chris Gayle
Chris Gayle

Gayle is planning to return to Test cricket next year.

Though Gayle has not been seen in Tests, he has been a permanent fixture in the Twenty20 side and was at the forefront batting line-up that helped West Indies capture two of the last three ICC T20 World Cup.

However, he has been successful across all formats, plundering 7,214 runs at an average of 42 in Tests and 9,221 runs from 269 One Day Internationals.

West Indies, meanwhile, have continued to suffer in Tests and currently lie eighth in the international rankings.

Gayle said results were unlikely to improve until the current young team matured and relations between the West Indies Cricket Board and the players were mended.

“To be successful in Tests will actually take time since it’s a rebuilding process,” said the left-hander.

“The youngsters in the team need to mature, gain a lot of experience, and they still need a few senior players here and there to actually guide them along.

“The board and the players are trying to sort things out, and hopefully one day it will happen and everyone will be on the same page. There have been meetings, effort and progress to get everything on track for West Indies cricket.’’

Gayle, who has played international cricket for the past 17 years, said West Indies had struggled with their concentration in Tests and, as a result, had become adept at the T20 format where less concentration was required.

“In both formats of the game, we struggle to concentrate for long periods of time. This has been the case since I made my debut under the captaincy of Brian Lara,” he explained.

“We only play cricket in short sessions and then we switch off, so that’s how we tend to lose a lot of Test matches. In the shorter format of the game it’s just boom, boom and check if the game is over.

“We lack patience, as we are very attacking people who want to play shots most of the times. So sometimes we tend to fall to a loose delivery as well.”

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